President Aquino slams clergy in front of Pope Francis

“There was a true test of faith when many members of the Church, once advocates for the poor, the marginalized, and the helpless, suddenly became silent in the face of the previous administration’s abuses, which we are still trying to rectify to this very day,” President Benigno Aquino III said in a speech in front of a general audience with Pope Francis in Malacanang today.

“In contrast to their previous silence, some members of the clergy now seem to think that the way to be true to the faith means finding something to criticize, even to the extent that one prelate admonished me to do something about my hair, as if it were a mortal sin,” the President adds.

“Is it any wonder then, that they see the glass not as half-full, or half-empty, but almost totally empty. Judgment is rendered without an appreciation of the facts.”

However, Aquino praised the Roman Catholic church in showing courage “especially during the Martial Law years, the Church of the poor and oppressed shone vividly.”